Making your own sea moss powder is super easy. Not only cuts back on costs, but it also creates convenience for quickly making your own gel.
It is also great for making capsules since you’d have it handy for whenever you’d need it.
Did I also say, it keeps for much longer than gel? Of course, it has a better shelf life than sea moss gel.
Sea moss must be dehydrated before turning it into powder. Turning sea moss into powder is handy if you want to make capsules or simply have a versatile powder to add to foods and drinks.
It is also useful if you wish to use sea moss topically for skin issues.
So, how do you prepare sea moss powder at home? Read on to find out.
How is Sea Moss Dried?
Sea moss is most often dried by dehydrating it or laying it on drying racks. Each drying method has its pros and cons. Dehydrating sea moss is quick and easy and you can have dried sea moss to work with in a day’s time with this method.
However, some people believe dehydration can damage nutrients in the sea moss. Another drying method is by using drying racks. This takes several days to fully dry the sea moss if it is in a room with good air circulation. Although it is a longer process, it is easier on the sea moss and is not likely to damage any compounds in the plant.
How long before sea moss powder goes bad?
All dried herbs and plant powders lose their potency after sitting too long. The time frame for each plant varies, but a good rule of thumb is to try to use your powder within a year’s time.
Proper storage in a cool, dark location may extend shelf life and keep your powder fresh longer. Storing powder in an airtight container and keeping in the fridge is also an option that may extend shelf life several more months. It is also possible to store powder in an airtight container in the freezer for a powder that lasts for years.
Adding silicon packets or cotton balls in your powder or capsule containers can help to keep your powder fresh. Make sure you label the date the powder was created so you can keep track of its freshness.
How to Turn Sea Moss into Powder
Follow the steps below to create sea moss powder:
Step #1: Clean the Sea moss
Rinse and clean your sea moss and pat it dry.
Step #2: Dry the Sea moss
There are two main ways to dry your sea moss. The first is to dehydrate it in a dehydrator.
If you choose this method to dry, make sure you put your dehydrator on a low setting so you don’t burn the sea moss because this could affect its nutrient content.
Alternatively, you can use an oven to dry in very low settings. Check it often and remove it when it is completely dry.
Another way is air/sun-dry it. You can lay it on drying racks in an area with good air circulation.
This method takes more time but will achieve the same results as dehydration with the added bonus of being gentler on the plant.
Air/Sun drying is perhaps the simplest and most common way of preparing sea moss. The sun can be quite powerful in some places (like California), so if you live in a hot climate like that, you might want to consider using this method.
While it’s okay to also use a dehydrator, you really don’t need any special equipment to air-dry your sea moss – just spread it out on sheets or screens and leave it for several days or until dry.
It’ll turn from green to brown as it dries out, until finally becoming a deep brown color when completely dried. This usually takes about 1 – 3 days depending on the intensity of the sun.
Step #3: Grind into powder
Once your sea moss is completely dry, you will need to grind it into powder. There are several ways to do this, depending on how much time you want to spend.
The first way involves a mortar and pestle. You can make it into powder in a mortar, or if you have one of those bullet-shaped spice grinders, that will work too. While this is effective and has been used for centuries to grind plants into powder, it is very time-consuming and labor-intensive.
In addition, it will usually only produces small amounts.
Another way to grind dried sea moss into powder is to use a flour or coffee grinder.
These come in electric or hand-cranked versions. You would fill the top with the dry sea moss and turn it on/crank it and powder would come out the bottom.
The third, easiest way and perhaps the most efficient to create powder from dry sea moss is to use an electric blender that can grind up dry products.
There are several on the market, with one popular brand being Vitamix. It turns dry plants into fine powder in little time.
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Step #4: Store properly
Once you have your powder, store it in an airtight glass jar with a lid to use when you need it.
Store sea moss powder in a closed and dry place. Do not store in the refrigerator, or even near strong-smelling substances such as onions.
In addition, humidity degrades sea moss powder and the smell of sea moss powder degenerates if stored for long periods of time.
You can add this to foods and drinks or even add a little water to make a paste for skin issues.
Sea moss (Chondrus crispus), the most commonly ingested sea plant, is generally available as a dried powder sold in bulk or bags at grocery stores and comes at a premium price.
Have you tried making your own sea moss powder? You can share your experience in the comments
- Flour or Coffee grnder, blender or mortar and pestle
- Rinse and clean your sea moss and pat it dry.
- Dry the sea moss using a dehydrator or an oven on low settings, wule checking regularly. You can also air dry them in the sun for 1 to 3 days
- Once your sea moss is completely dry, you will need to grind it into powder using a coffee grinder, mortar and pestle or blender
- Once you have your powder, store it in an airtight glass jar with a lid to use when you need it. Store sea moss powder in a closed and dry place.